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New Jersey’s Crime Rates Plunge Post Bail Reform Law

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New Jersey’s sharp decline in crime has many wondering if the new rules surrounding bail reform—otherwise known as the Criminal Justice Reform Act (or “Bail Reform Law”)—possibly had an important impact on these statistics. Specifically, violent offenses, such as homicide and robbery, are down more than thirty percent throughout the state within the last… Read More »


New Jersey Township Considers Making Sale Of Guns And Ammunition Illegal In Some Areas

By Phillip J. Murphy |

One New Jersey Township–Piscataway–is considering passing an ordinance that would make it illegal to sell ammunition or firearms within 1,000 feet of “sensitive” locations, including bars, college campuses, daycare centers, medical facilities, parks, places of worship, schools, and similar locations. Local leaders have noted that it is part of an effort to take things… Read More »


This Spring, Some Of New Jersey’s Laws Get Stricter; While Others More Flexible

By Phillip J. Murphy |

March brought some significant changes to New Jersey’s regulation of guns and medical marijuana. Below, we discuss these changes in greater detail: New Jersey Close To Passing Additional Criminal Measures Regarding Gun Ownership In response to the wave of student protests that resulted from the recent Florida mass shooting, New Jersey lawmakers are now… Read More »


“On The Death Penalty, New Jersey Got It Right”

By Phillip J. Murphy |

December marks the 10th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in New Jersey. After the Appellate Division found the procedures by which capital punishment was being imposed in the state to be unconstitutional in 2004, the Death Penalty Study Commission—as created by the legislature—recommended its abolition. In its place followed life imprisonment… Read More »


Police Immunity & the Connection to Wrongful Convictions

By Phillip J. Murphy |

What constitutes excessive use of force, and how is it connected to police immunity? Holding police officers civilly liable for police misconduct is important, but it is also important to know when police officers, as government officers, can raise immunity as a defense. Ultimately, police abuse is directly connected to other elements of the… Read More »


Administration Blurs the Line between Crime and Being an Immigrant in Recent Arrests

By Phillip J. Murphy |

During the week of February 6th, immigration agents arrested a reported 600 people across the United States, at least 40 of them in the New York City area alone. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officials are arresting very specific targets as opposed to spontaneously checking employees’ papers at various businesses. Although ICE… Read More »

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